I booked Le Petit Hotel after reading all the wonderful reviews online and checking out their gorgeous website.
I informed them in advance (when booking) that we'd be celebrating our honeymoon and once I'd booked, I emailed them looking for a restaurant recommendation but never heard back - fair enough. I saw how busy the front desk staff is!
When we arrived, there was a gentleman in the lobby complaining that his room had not been cleaned despite the fact he'd been gone all day. It was after 5pm, and the cleaning staff appeared to have gone home for the day. These things happen, I guess.
The room was as beautiful as shown on their website. Beautiful stone wall, fantastic shower, comfy bed, great aveda products. Bliss.
However, all those comforts don't mean anything when you can't sleep a wink. Between 11pm and 3am, the noise was loud, but a pillow over our heads meant we could survive it (how romantic on your honeymoon!) By 3am, however, as people spilled out of the bars, the noise was absolutely unbearable. People were shrieking at the top of their lungs. Groups of drunken men were singing as loud as they could. And it lasted until well after 4am. By the time we finally got to sleep, we were awoken by the street sweeper (!) going by just after 7am (on a Sunday!) We learned, however that the street sweeper seems to go by at that same time every day. Or at least it went by on Monday morning at pretty much the exact same time. And Sunday night was also a party night, if a little quieter than the previous night.
So all in all, it was a gorgeous looking hotel. The staff tried hard to make our stay enjoyable, but couldn't quite pull it all together (they were rather harried most of the time). Nor did they ever even acknowledge the honeymooner status. A simple "congratulations" would have sufficed considering I saw the email exchange I'd had with the hotel printed out with our reservation. The breakfast croissants were delicious. But nothing can make up for not sleeping. It basically meant we holed up in our room to try to catch up sleep during the day, but as another person mentioned, the lack of soundproofing meant that not only did we hear the unbearable noise outside at night but we also heard the people upstairs moving about, the cleaning staff, people going in and out of their rooms and the maintenance staff (?) making repairs or some terrible scraping noises. And honestly, I am not a princess, I've lived in downtown Montreal before and would expect sirens and some celebratory noises, but this was unbearable.
If you can sleep through anything, I would recommend it. Otherwise, bring earplugs.
And expect good, but not great service.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated on Saint-Paul street, this 28 room boutique hotel is the perfect blend of elegance and modernity. Colourful furnishings accent each cozy room while original stonework and clever layouts make for a Wonderland-esque setting. Our concierge moonlights as a barista and our front desk fills in for a trendy little cafe. Located right in our lobby, Le Petit Cafe brews artisan joe and offers delicious baked goods all day long. Room service is also available and comes courtesy of Mechant Boeuf. Le Petit Hotel's convenient location and intimate setting make it an ideal hub for the busy weekend. ... more less
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